People urged not to visit ‘dangerous’ Birnbeck Pier

PUBLISHED: 15:47 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:47 14 January 2016

Damage to Birnbeck Pier's north jetty. Photo by Neil O'Donoghue.

Damage to Birnbeck Pier's north jetty. Photo by Neil O'Donoghue.

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These pictures show just how badly damaged Weston-super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier has become – amid calls from the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust urging people not to venture onto the ‘dangerous’ island at the end of the crumbling structure.

Damage to Birnbeck Pier's north jetty. Photo by Neil O'Donoghue.Damage to Birnbeck Pier's north jetty. Photo by Neil O'Donoghue.

Storm Frank caused the Victorian pier’s northern walkway to collapse last month and these photos, taken by trust member Neil O’Donoghue, show the extent of the storm’s devastation.

The trust is battling to save Birnbeck from complete collapse and hopes to fully restore the pier.

A spokesman for the trust said: “We really must emphasise just how dangerous the island has become and ask people to stay off it.

“Curiosity isn’t worth the risk, either to yourselves or to those who would have to rescue you should you get into difficulty.

“People have actually been going into the buildings and frankly, that is just plain stupid – from the floors to the roofs there are risks everywhere.

“Your safety and the safety of others isn’t worth a selfie.”

To view more pictures search for the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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